Tag Archive: jargon

George Gibbs’ journal of Redick McKee’s expedition through northwestern California in 1851

George Gibbs’ journal of Redick McKee’s expedition through northwestern California in 1851. That’s the cover title.  Edited and with annotations by Robert F. Heizer.  Berkeley: Department of Anthropology, University of California, 1972. This… Continue reading

POLL: What to call this language?

Someone asked me on Facebook what we should call this language. She’d been told that some names for it might have negative connotations for certain people. Would you vote for your top 2… Continue reading

“Cumtuxiana”!

I transcribed this jocular musing on rampant borrowings into frontier-era Western US English, from the Daily Alta California newspaper, 3 August 1851, page 2, column 2 (top). There’s quite a trove of what… Continue reading